Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary in Istanbul will not be re-opened until the Fethiye Mosque in Athens is opened for prayers, a senior figure of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said.

By HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS (text)

The Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary in Istanbul will not be re-opened until the Fethiye Mosque in Athens is opened for prayers, a senior figure of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said.

“Do not have a doubt, Turkey has not taken a step to re-open Halki Seminary and it will not take a step until Greece, who did not hold up the promise it gave in Lausanne, opens Fethiye Mosque in Athens,” Metin Külünk, deputy chair of the party’s Foreign Affairs and Istanbul deputy, said Dec. 1 in Germany’s Witten, where he attended a meeting held by Western Thrace Turks Solidarity Association.
Source: France24

Obviously, this is outrageous. Indigenous Christians are, in effect, being treated as hostages to help Turkey further the spread of Islam abroad. However, this precedent is potentially useful to us. I previously suggested making reciprocity demands exactly like this as a way to halt mosque construction in the West. We should simply say that no more mosques will be allowed until all the countries of the OIC freely permit the construction of non-Islamic places of worship. Most western politicans would be too timid to take this step however. But Turkey has now made it easier for us by establishing the precedent.



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